Welcome to the Youth Merit Division of the Washington State Horsemen.

We are a FREE program offered to Washington State Horsemen members dedicated to the personal development of youth while providing a positive impact on volunteers and communities in Washington State.

Offer a program that will satisfy the needs of the current WSH Junior Members (17 and under) and attract new ones to WSH. Provide an opportunity for youth to advance and broaden their knowledge of horses. Encourage youth to expand their horizons and participate in new activities, both with and without horses. Stimulate youth not only to develop new skills, but also to increase their proficiency at those they already possess. Recognize activities of youth in their club, school, and community, as well as reward contributions that benefit such organizations. Reward, in a tangible fashion, those youth who attain their required level of accomplishment.

Washington State Horsemen recognizes that our youth are the future of the organization. The Youth Merit program was created to insure that there was something for everyone. Youth ages 17 and under may find themselves involved in further studies of breeds, horse health, tack, and specific disciplines (both inside and outside of WSH). Often Zones will also conduct meetings and clinics for further hands-on experience. Through the program, Youth Merit members are given the chance to:

Youth Merit Directors:

Jessie McLaughlin – East Side Director
7210 E Fairview Avenue
Spokane, WA 99212-5126
(509) 926.3642
LDSMacs@comcast.net

Jane Rodriguez – West Side Director
7562 E Alki View Ct
Port Orchards WA 98366
(360) 871.8471
Janeshouseindia@msn.com

The Youth Merit Division provides advancement with and without horses:

Volunteer and make a difference in today’s youth:

• Develop self-confidence and improve self-esteem
• Learn communication and public speaking skills
• Win awards, including Scholarships
• Set and achieve goals
• Develop the use of effective leadership skills
• Make a difference in their community
• Have fun!!

If you are 18 or older and want to volunteer, we have a place for you as well. Zone Advisors organize activities and help members set and achieve goals while having fun. Please contact your Zone President or one of the Youth Merit Chairs if you are interested in serving as a Zone Advisor.

If you participate in Youth Merit every year, thanks for your support and participation! If you have not participated in recent years, join us and see what you have been missing! We urge you to take time to visit the new website pages to see for yourself the benefits youth enjoy when enrolled in Youth Merit. This program is the one place where all of us can enjoy our unique diversity, patch-worked together, solely for the pleasure and amusement of those who make the wise decision to participate.